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SIFF Catalyst First Draft live script table read series, now in its fourth year, features unproduced scripts that were finalists in the 2016 Catalyst Screenplay Competition. The screenplays will be performed live with professional actors in front of an audience, and followed by feedback from industry insiders and audience members, alike.
Upcoming Script: The Flid Show, written by Richard Willett.
A charismatic, belligerent English nightclub singer, born with flipper-like arms because his pregnant mother took the drug thalidomide, believes his deformity will keep him from ever finding love -- until he falls for a pretty young American doctor, with intimacy issues of her own, and must confront his own dark past in order to win her.
About the Writer:
Richard Willett was born in Hollywood but grew up in Vancouver, Canada. He spent several years as a playwright in New York City before recently returning to Los Angeles. His screenplay THE FLID SHOW was a semifinalist in the 2013 Nicholl Fellowships competition and has been optioned twice, and his screenplay 9/10 was a Nicholl semifinalist in 2011 and an Austin Film Festival semifinalist in 2010. It is currently in development (see www.910movie.com). He has also been a Nicholl quarterfinalist (2014), has second-rounded in Austin ten times, and is working right now with independent producer Yolanda Parks of Kamali Films writing a script based on a true story she has life rights to.
Richard's stage plays have been presented off-off-Broadway and at theaters across the country. Other honors include an Edward F. Albee Foundation Fellowship; a Tennessee Williams Scholarship; grants from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation, and the New York State Council on the Arts (among others); designation as a finalist for the Sundance Screenwriters Lab; and showcasing with a featured screenplay in the IFP Market in New York. His plays TRIPTYCH, 2B, and THE FLID SHOW have all been published by United Stages.
First Draft is part of SIFF Education's Catalyst program. Catalyst is designed to support filmmakers, both artistically and professionally, as they progress from one stage of their careers to the next. Catalyst First Draft offers audience members a glimpse into a developmental stage of the creative process, in which a screenplay is prepped for eventual production via a live table read performed by professional Seattle actors. Audience members, guided by industry professionals, then have the opportunity to offer immediate and constructive feedback. Join us each month for Catalyst First Draft and take part in making an award-winning script even better!
Join your fellow ISA members in CELEBRATING your Success at ISA's Third Thursdays in London. We'll have a little pizza party together (we're buying!) and discuss goals for 2017.
Door prizes on the night will include 5 free entries into WeScreenplay's Shorts Screenwriting Competition. The winner in the competition will receive up to $10,000 to fund production of their winning screenplay. Entries are valued at $59.
Returning attendees please note our new location:
The City Pride
28 Farringdon Lane
Entry is free and open to all. Be sure to register in advance to qualify for door prizes. You must be present to collect prizes.
Hope to see you!
Thursday, January 19th Seeking Our Story presents director Leni Riefenstahl's TRIUMPH OF THE WILL as a cautionary lesson on the power of media and art in politics. This screening is co-presented with the USC School of Cinematic Arts Events program. Seeking Our Story is sponsored in part by Alliance of Women Directors. A panel and Q&A with USC faculty members Wolf Gruner, Dr. Michael Renov and Steven Ross will precede the film.
Networking before the film will be provided by Women In Media starting at 6:00PM. To join the networking portion of the evening, RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Leni Riefenstahl's TRIUMPH OF THE WILL
The Ray Stark Family Theatre
SCA 108, George Lucas Building
USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 9000
6:00PM Doors + Networking
RSVP for networking to email@example.com
7:00PM Film Presentation
Moderated panel and Q&A beforehand followed by the screening.
RSVP required at cinema.usc.edu/events/event.cfm?id=16598
Thanks to USC, this open to the public event is presented for Free! RSVPs are required - be sure to secure a ticket. Seating is not guaranteed based on RSVPs. The RSVP list will be checked in on a first-come, first-served basis until the theater is full.
The USC School of Cinematic Arts is located at 900 W. 34th St., Los Angeles, CA 90007. Parking passes may be purchased for $12.00 at USC Entrance Gate #5, located at the intersection of W. Jefferson Blvd. & McClintock Ave. We recommend Parking Structure D, at the far end of 34th Street. Metered street parking is also available along Jefferson Blvd.
About Leni Riefenstahl
A dancer and movie actress by trade, Leni Riefenstahl directed her first film, The Blue Light in 1932 at the age of 30. Soon after, she received a commission from the Nazi Party for propaganda film The Victory of Faith (1933) followed by Triumph of the Will (1935). Though claimed as cinema verite, Reifenstahl carefully choreographed a crew of over one-hundred and seventy technicians throughout the city of Nuremberg for Triumph of the Will and rehearsed sequences as many as fifty times before the anticipated rally, staged largely for her cameras.
Riefenstahl commented that in this commission, Hitler "wanted a film which would move, appeal to, impress an audience which was not necessarily interested in politics." Through visual repetition and an appeal to emotion over reason, Riefenstahl created a masterwork of propaganda that announced Germany's rise from political instability to world superpower. As Ruth Starkman wrote for the University of California Press' Film Quarterly, Riefenstahl "presides as the 'mother' of modern media" (Vol. 51 No. 2.) The Economist claimed upon Riefenstahl's death that Triumph of the Will, "sealed her reputation as the greatest female film-maker of the 20th century" (Hand Held History, Sep 11th 2003).
Riefenstahl also created Day of Freedom: Our Armed Forces (1935) depicting a mock battle scene at the seventh Nazi Party rally as well as Olympia Part 1: Festival of the Nations and Olympia Part 2: Festival of Beauty both documenting the 1936 Olympics held in Berlin and pioneering techniques used in modern sports photography. Her adaptation of Tiefland aka Lowlands (1954) was her last film before being taken prisoner by the Allies at the close of World War II. After her release, Riefenstahl published extensive photographic documentation on the Nuba peoples of Sudan in the 1970s. At age 100, before her death a year later, Riefenstahl created Impressions of the Deep (2002) documenting the remaining coral reefs.